The Institute on Communication and Inclusion (ICI) is a research and training center that is part of the Inclusion Institutes of the School of Education at Syracuse University. Formerly the Facilitated Communication Insitute, our new name – the Institute on Communication and Inclusion – represents a broadened focus developed over the past 20 years, reflecting lines of research, training and public dissemination that focus on school and community inclusion, narratives of disability and ability, and disability rights, as well as research and training on faciltiated communication. Its initiatives stress the important relationship of communication to inclusion.


Led by Director Dean Doug Biklen and Research Director Christine Ashby, the Institute has distinguished itself as a national and international leader in FC and AAC training and research. This has taken form not only scholarly publications and books, but also through other mediums such as film, including the Acadamy Award® nominated short documentary “Autism is a World,” “Wretches & Jabberers” and “Stories from the Road,” and other nationally syndicated films.